Thousands of students flock to Barcelona every year for its renowned academic institutions, affordable lifestyle, rich culture and burgeoning student accommodation offering.
Home to seven renowned universities, including the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the IESE Business School, Barcelona frequently makes it into the ‘Top 200 QS World University Rankings’ every year. This, combined with low living costs, generous scholarships, cultural diversity and a sociable lifestyle, make it an appealing place to study. There are now thousands of accommodation providers offering everything from dorms to luxury apartments. We’ve cherry-picked 7 of the best student accommodation in Barcelona, based on price, facilities and location.
Blau Student Housing
One of the newest additions to Barcelona’s student residence scene, BLAU Student Housing is located in the city’s vibrant beachfront district of Poblenou. It comes with the advantage of an onsite Spanish language academy, with freelancers and remote workers able to stay at the residence as long as they book a room with a Spanish course included. There are a total of 250 studio apartments, including private and shared options, and it is also said to be the university residence with the most common areas per resident in Barcelona. Other notable facilities include a fully-equipped gym, rooftop swimming pool, cinema room and gaming facilities, a restaurant and a café. Short stays during summer months are available and stays of 10-months minimum during the university academic year. From €1,649 per month for a private studio.
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Forget grubby student digs, Livensa Living offers students a slice of the high life for a fraction of the price. There are two locations in Barcelona, both as beautiful as each other, but Diaganol Alto offers a slight advantage owing to its proximity to the university. The property features a library and study area, a roof terrace and an infinity pool, as well as regular activities and events ranging from Zumba classes to Halloween parties. Rooms are fully equipped with air conditioning, private bathrooms, kitchens, smart TVs and a private study area too.
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Located in San Martí district, Youniq Barcelona combines affordability with a well-connected location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to dip in and out as you wish. There are several high-spec studio spaces to choose from, each with a large double bed, desk and well-equipped kitchenette. The building itself features a number of impressive communal spaces, with a gym and yoga studio, cinema, study and rooftop terrace with swimming pool. All bills and utilities are inclusive and 24-7 security is provided free of charge for extra peace of mind. Just outside the building is Bosc Urbà, a new urban adventure park offering high-adrenalin activities for adventurous students, like zip lining and rock climbing.
Xior Student Housing: The Lofttown
The Lofttown describes itself as ‘a new era of student housing’ that sells more than rooms, it sells a lifestyle. Students can choose from a range of rooms to suit all budgets, ranging from single rooms to studios with private terraces. Best of all are the communal spaces –all 1,200 feet of them. There’s a Crossfit gym, an organic cafe, terraces, bars and even a solarium. It’s a good option for the more sustainably-minded too; Lofttown is constructed with bio-sustainable materials and committed to minimizing its impact on the environment.
The Loftown (Diagonal) Carrer de Sèneca, 24, 26. From €1,400 per month.
Cotown: Balmes 335
Cotown offers a range of long-stay apartments across the city that are exclusively designed for students. Balmes 335 is located in the sought-after Sarra-Sant Gervasi district, perfectly positioned for those studying at IQS, La Salle and Abat Oliba. The six-storey modernist building features three renovated apartments per floor, each with five to seven different rooms. All apartments are bright and airy, with kitchens, large living/dining rooms and plenty of storage capacity.
A Landing Pad
A Landing Pad is perfect for mature and masters students who are keen to live with like-minded students but aren’t necessarily looking for an early university years party scene. The building caters for students, as well as artists, remote workers and professionals, so the vibe is a bit more grown-up than most student accommodations. The location is second-to-none, positioned in Eixample – the beating heart of the city. Rooms are spacious, fitted with double beds, a one-of-a-kind mural artwork, a rainfall shower and a desk. There’s a large kitchen, lounge, sun-filled terrace and barbecue in the building too.
C/ de Mallorca, 209
Iberia Nest Pedralbes
Iberia Nest is an accommodation provider that helps international students and young professionals to find accommodation in some of the most beautiful places in Spain. In Barcelona, they have two residences: one in the exclusive neighbourhood of Pedralbes and the other in the vibrant district of El Poblenou. Among the services and amenities available to residents are high-speed WiFi, an on-site gym, a movie room, laundry rooms, a coffee lounge, courtyard and gardens, bi-monthly cleaning, free daily breakfasts and a regular programme of social events. CCTV and secure key fob access ensure full peace of mind. All bills are included in the accommodation rates. From €1,200 per month.